European Political Science
Lecture 12: The Rise of the Nazis
• What is behind per capita wealth (the force that drives authoritarianism)?
Modernization is one of these driving forces, which heavily develops the
economy and civil society.
• Urbanization, education, and increased wealth enhance the organization
of the population. These forces ask for democracy most of the time. Group
organization defends people’s rights. Weimar Germany was highly
economically developed and smart (Einstein).
• Civil society can be strong (Weimar Germany), but is bad for democracy